2019 Juneteenth Celebration

On Wednesday, June 19, we commemorated Juneteenth with a free community festival where guests enjoyed local vendors, live entertainment, food trucks, children’s activities and more. Sponsors included Leadership Dallas, North Texas Food Bank, Miles of Freedom, Empowering the Masses, and #BeGolden.

There was a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to kick off the grand opening of the new MLK Fresh Food Distribution Center, which will give citizens free access to fresh, healthy foods and dry goods twice per week. Its hours of operation are Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There are no zip code requirements or income restrictions.

For more information about the MLK Fresh Food Distribution Center, click here or contact a staff member at 214-670-8418.

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Can We Talk?

‘Can We Talk?’ attendees created vision boards to represent their future goals and dreams.

On Thursday, May 30, we hosted “Can We Talk?” which was a free workshop to encourage social services professionals to rethink stress, avoid burnout, and implement more self-care practices in their daily lives. 

Topics included mindfulness, health and wellness, and different ways to manage stress. Guests also learned about the health benefits of meditation and created vision boards to represent future goals and dreams.

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Thank you to our guest speakers and sponsors!

Angie Hoquang (Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration)

Sonia James (Founder, State of Mind Today)

Debra Mitchell-Ibe, LCSW

Elaine Maddox (Chaplain, Dallas Fire-Rescue)

Jacqueline Villegas (Case Manager, Family Care Connection)

Thien Dao (LCSW, Parkland Hospital)

Genevieve Eversley, MSW, LBSW-IPR, SHRM-SCP, IPMA-SCP (City of Dallas)

Dr. Joseph DuChene, DuChene Natural Health

DFW Sahaja Yoga Meditation

AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Community Council of Greater Dallas

Community Partner Program

Dallas 311

Flower Road

Gilead Sciences Inc.

MLK Branch Library

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Olive Garden

Patricia Whitfield & Chef Patrick

Prism Health North Texas

Regional Black Contractors

Pinot’s Palette

Sam’s Club

The Fairmont Hotel

The Henry

Theresa Beckwith-Davis

World Vision

Spring Into Action

Pictured above: Deborah Sutton, Caseworker at MLK, Jr. Community Center & Vee Jackson Haywood, Vice Chair of the MLK Advisory Board. 

On Monday, May 20, we hosted “Spring into Action,” an initiative to help the homeless by providing free care packages with toiletries, towels, snacks, and more.

Thanks to our donors and sponsors, we were able to give 75 care packages to our neighbors.

If you would like to donate any toiletries or snacks to the MLK Social Services Department, please contact 214-670-8442.

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Thank you to our sponsors:

Trusted World

City of Dallas Youth Commission

Foremost Family Health Center

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter)

Sons of Solomon

World Vision

Carter’s House

Walgreens

The Giving Tree

Mary LaJoyce White

Mary Macheru

Eunice Rodgers

Charda Greene

Volunteer Appreciation Day

April is National Volunteer month and each year, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center takes the time to honor volunteers who lend us their time and support throughout the year, making it possible to better serve our community.

On April 30, we hosted “Volunteer Appreciation Day,” bringing our volunteers together for lunch and recognizing their support and commitment to service. 

Thank you to our volunteers! You truly make a difference!

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Can We Talk?

Mark your calendars! Attend a free workshop empowering social service professionals with tools to avoid burnout and reduce stress, by refocusing and transforming your outlook on life. Guests will have the opportunity to network and share resources, enjoy lunch and discussion, and win door prizes.

Topics Include:

  • Another Way to Wellness
  • The Mind-Body Connection
  • Harmful Negative Influences
  • Positioning Yourself

RSVP via Eventbrite or by calling 214-670-8442.

Hosted by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. Visit us online at www.dallasmlkcenter.com.

Register for the 2019 MLK Parade

Registration is now open for the 2019 MLK Parade!

The March/Parade will be held on Monday, January 21, 2019, starting from Holmes Street and MLK Jr. Blvd., promptly at 10:00 AM.

The parade entry fee is $90 which can be paid via Money Order or Cashier’s Check, made payable to Communities Foundation of Texas. Refunds will not be available.

Applications are available in the MLK Administration office or online at www.dallasmlkcenter.com/2019-mlk-parade. Applications can be emailed to info@dallasmlkcenter.com, faxed to the MLK Administration office at 214-670-8501, or mailed to 2922 MLK Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75215.

For questions, please contact a staff member at 214-670-8418.

Thanksgiving in the Neighborhood

You are cordially invited to attend our 2nd Annual Thanksgiving in the Neighborhood!

Come and have dinner with us in the true spirit of Thanksgiving. Join us on Saturday, November 17,  from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, for a complete turkey dinner with all of the trimmings. No RSVP is required.

This event is a collaboration between the MLK, Jr. Community Center, The Giving Tree Ministries, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. For more information, contact 214-670-8442.

Thanksgiving in the Neighborhood

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

Each year we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. 

On Thursday, October 11, join the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, the West Dallas Multipurpose Center, and HACER for a discussion with Consul Guido Arochi, Mexican Consul for Cultural Affairs. This is a free event that will take place at the MLK, Jr. Community Center (2922 MLK Boulevard) at 11:30 A.M.

Light refreshments will be served. All media outlets are invited to attend.

For more information, visit https://dallasmlkcenter.com/event/hispanic-heritage-celebration

MLK Back to School Festival

The MLK Back to School Festival is a “one-stop shop” for parents and students preparing for the new school year. Families can take advantage of free school supplies, backpacks, uniforms, haircuts, and hairstyles. Medical screenings and immunizations will be available through the Foremost Family Health Center. In addition, vendors will be on site with information about education, health, social services, and other available resources in the community.

This event is free and open to all families with school-age children from Pre-K to 12th grade. To receive supplies, parents must provide a photo ID and children must be present. Parents do not have to pre-register to attend.

The Back to School Festival will take place at the MLK, Jr. Community Center, located at 2922 MLK Boulevard, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All media outlets are invited to attend.

Sponsors and vendors are still needed to make this a successful event. For more information, please visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com/back-to-school

Reliant Energy kicks off ‘Beat the Heat’ Summer Program

Reliant continues its dedication to the well-being of its customers and local communities by offering several summer assistance programs, including Reliant Beat the Heat Centers in public locations throughout Houston, Dallas, and Corpus Christi. Since 2005, Reliant has contributed more than $10 million through its CARE energy assistance program to help Texans manage summer electricity costs. Reliant will sponsor a cooling center at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and at the West Dallas Multipurpose Center starting June 1, 2018.

Participants will be allowed to “beat the heat” in an air-conditioned building during business and high-heat hours through September. In addition to an air-conditioned space, the Center will offer bottled water, snacks, games, and activities, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

A press conference will be held on Friday, June 1, 2018, from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM to kick off the summer program. Special guests include Bill Clayton, Vice President of Customer Care for Reliant, and Dallas Councilman Kevin Felder.

This event is sponsored by the City of Dallas and Reliant. For more information, please contact (214) 670-8418 or visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com.